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A trip to Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, the land of springs and waterfalls


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 Trip to Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province is the best option for nature lovers who travel to Iran.

 Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province is located in the Zagros Mountains, in the southwestern part of Iran. Because of high altitude and having a considerable amount of snow, the Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province is home to numerous natural tourist attractions in the form of rivers, jungles, waterfalls, and springs. and a trip to Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari would mesmerize you by sure.

Iran's travel tries to introduce the beautiful landscape of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari to improve your to-do list on Iran trip. except than nature lovers who come to Iran to explore the country in-depth, have a trip to Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari is also recommended for who have visited many cultural sites in Iran and give them a break to rest, absorb the fresh air and get ready for the rest.

the good news is that Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province is next to Isfahan and you can reach there after 1:30 driving. 

When is the best time to have a trip to Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province?

 Best season to travel to Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province is the end of spring and summer, nature is in its most beautiful shape and you can soak up the atmosphere of fresh weather when many other Iran cities are spending a hot season. Bakhtiari Nomads who emigrate to cold areas in summer set up their tents in pristine nature and their hospitability can be a highlight for your trip to Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, you can stay with them for hours, eat their dairy products and apart from the spectacular scenery, you will have the rare opportunity to camp in a remote part of rural area and experience local life in its unspoiled state.

 

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Despite the advantages of trip to Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province in summer, you can have many other experiences in other seasons as well.

 Chelgerd ski resort (90 k.m. far from Shahrekord and 200 k.m. far from Isfahan) in winter attracts many skiers from all over Iran.

 And Fritillaria in Koohrang  area (100 k.m. far from Shahrekord) is one of the main destinations for Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari travelers in April and May.

 It is not easy to offer a specific plan for visiting Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province, it wouldn't be a cultural tour with determined destinations. I have visited this province several times and nature always had something to surprise me, I mean it is enough to just go for a wander around, drive through nature deeper and Wow! you will see a waterfall or spring you haven't seen before.

 I'm going to offer an itinerary which I have offered to different Iran travelers and they have enjoyed it. It is practical for everybody, not just professional climbers or adventurers, and it also planned short enough as a rest after visiting many UNESCO or historical parts.

 

An itinerary for the trip to Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari:

 Best place you can start the tour to Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari is Isfahan, Isfahan is the main destination when you visit Iran and fortunately, it is close enough to the breathtaking province of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari.

 So, we start the tour from Isfahan at 8:00 a.m., after driving at 100 K.m. you'll arrive in beautiful Saman city. Saman is located on the border of the Zayandeh Roud river, so it is a green city with fresh air and the farms are full of Almond and Walnut trees.

 


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Saman has few bridges on top of Zayandeh Roud River's path but the most famous yet older one is Zamankhan Bridge. Except walking around the river, taking photos and having a picnic, there are some extra activities like zip line from one side of the river to the other side and rafting in roaring waters is really exciting and passing through farms, gardens, local's houses make it more special.

 After Saman in our tour to Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari we will go to Dimeh Spring, it is 96 k.m. far from Saman. Dimeh Spring is one of the richest water sources of the world and it is very useful for teeth and considered as a medicine for Kidney stone.

 

 
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In this cold and freshwater, you can see lots of fish breeding pools and it gives you the best offer for the lunch, a very tasty fish Kebab (barbecue).

 

 

 
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Near the Dime spring, there is a huge land that Bakhtiari Nomads celebrate their weddings there if you were lucky to be there at the right time, you would watch their colorful ceremony and group dancing.


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After lunch and rest in the beautiful landscape of Dime spring, it is time to go to Koohrang tunnel (waterfall), Koohrang tunnel is a human-made the path to gather different water sources and join them to Zayandeh Rood river. And thanks to gravity, drops fall sharply and make a mesmerizing the scene with a special sound.

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Near Koohrang there are many clean suites for staying at night and the sound of the waterfall at the silence of the night and also, the pleasant weather encourages tourists to rest the night there.

 You can start the second day with a delicious breakfast near the waterfall's altars and then drive 12 k.m to marvelous Sheikh Ali Khan waterfall.

 Sheikh Ali Khan waterfall is an amazing natural attraction and it is famous for hiking, bird-watching, and sightseeing in Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari.

 

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Chama Cave (Ice Cave) is the next interesting phenomena which are Located in deep valleys and snow accumulation of several years in this cave has made tick and strong ice and snow masses to remain permanently in all seasons.

You should check the situation before going there, sometimes the height of the water in the cave is too high for visiting and the temperature of the river that you must pass to reach the Chama cave is that low that isn't recommended to visit.

Lands and mountains of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province are the best places for Paragliding and similar sports. So if you are the fan of adventurous activities don't miss it during your tour to Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari.

 
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It is time to drive to the wonderful village of Sar Agha Seyyed to eat a homemade tasty lunch and spend time with locals to see their in-depth life.

 "Sar Agha Seyyed" is located at an altitude of 2500 meters above sea level, its houses are all adorns and the windows and doors of all houses open to green land. Sar Agha Seyyed is a village with a hilly architecture. The adobe houses are packed one above another in a way that the roofs of the lower houses form the yard or a small pass-way for the upper ones. In the past, the village was one of the Bakhtiari nomadic bungalows and most of the residents are Bakhtiari Nomads as well. If you pass through the village in June, you can still see

Bakhtiari Nomad emigrants from Khuzestan to ChaharMahal and Bakhtiari province.

 

 
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You can enjoy wild, delightful nature with green orchards, water springs, and a refreshing mountainous climate and after rest for a few hours, you can drive back to Isfahan.

 What is the souvenir of Chahar Mahal and Bakhtiari?

 Due to rich nature, many people especially in villages are farmers or ranchers and agriculture and animal products like honey, curd, almond, walnut, dry cherry is considered as the souvenir of this area.

 Bakhtiari Carpet, Kilim and felt products have their clients too.

 

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Other places worth to be visited in Chahar Mahal and Bakhtiari:

to make the trip to Chahar Mahal and Bakhtiari short, we just cover visiting the above places but there are lots of other beautiful places that you can visit there like: 

 Do-polan, Karoon dam, Dareye Esgh, marvelous Atashgah waterfall, Choghakhor lagoon, Pire Ghar, Siasard spring, Helen protected area, Barm spring, Sendegan spring, Tang Sayyad national Park, Parvaz the national park, Sarab cave, Gandoman wetland, and so on.

 

 
 
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If you need any help to make the itinerary to visit Chahar Mahal and Bakhtiari, book accommodations there, request for having a professional local guide there, and all related activities just contact Iran's travel and feel relax about the rest.